Riley is a violinist from WA, where he studied under Professor Paul Wright, Dorothy Ford and Luci McArthur. After graduating from the University of Western Australia (UWA), he began studies under William Hennessey at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). He is currently studying under Dr Robin Wilson at ANAM and is humbled to be the recipient of the Richard Pollett Memorial Award.
He has performed in a number of national music festivals and in 2016 he joined the Australian Chamber Orchestra as an Emerging Artist, touring NSW and WA. He has also enjoyed performing at international festivals and venues throughout Europe and China, including the BBC Proms in London, Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus in Berlin and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. He has been Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO), performed in the Gold Coast and Brisbane and participated in his third international tour with them returning to the Netherlands, Germany China.
Riley has performed in masterclasses with Maxim Vengerov, Stefan Jackiw, William Coleman, Henning Kraggerud and Kurt Nikkanen. Chamber music masterclasses include Mischa Maisky, Professor Robert Hill and the Doric, Borodin, London Haydn, Goldner, Takács, Australian String and Elias String Quartets.
While at UWA, Riley was the recipient of the Tunley Music Scholarship; Lyn Kan Prize; Vose Memorial Prize for concerto performance; and the Margarete Bello and Flora Bunning Prizes for chamber music performance. His quartet was selected as one of two quartets nation-wide to be mentored by the Australian String Quartet throughout 2013.
Recent solo performances with orchestra include Gang and Zhanhao Butterfly Lover’s Concerto in the UWA/St Georges College/Confucius Institute celebration of Chinese Youth Day (2015) and Bruch Scottish Fantasy with the Fremantle Symphony Orchestra (2014).
Student Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Bill and Sandra Burdett, Peter and Jane Phillips, Linda Savage and Stephen Davis
Riley plays the Richard Pollett violin, an 1849 Pressenda made available to ANAM via the generosity of Janet Holmes à Court AC